Young Adults Make a Difference in Western New York

August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 5, 2011 at 12:36 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 5, 2011 at 12:36 PM EDT

Hamburg, N.Y. (WKBW)- Instead of a trip to the beach, young adults from all over the country came to Hamburg to help those who need it most.

These high school and college students along with 300 others have come from all over the country to Hamburg Wesleyan church to repair, clean and improve homes for elderly and disabled residents in Hamburg. It is all part of the church's group work camp program.

"We're doing a lot of painting we've done a few roofs and built porches," Pastor of the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg Paul Gartley said.

"In your every day life you take so much for granted so to see these people and you have sympathy for them and do as much as you can to help them," Strombach said.

Rose Lewis lived in this house in Hamburg for 48 years and has watched the youth group transform her home to what it used to be.

"They're doing great job the house is almost done. I'm happy to have them here. It's a great program," Lewis said.

The students from Maine to Wisconsin and in between all stayed at Hamburg Middle School for their weeklong excursion to Western New York. They said the program is not only a wonderful experience for the nearly 50 residents that had their homes refurbished but they also have a lot of fun.

"Not only Christ focus but we grow together as a group. Plus, they're teenagers and there are so many other things high school worries, self consciousness and this is a time they can get together and really appreciate being together and understanding each other," Group Leader Alicia Scott said.

Today is their last day together, finishing the work they started and leaving their mark on Western New York. They all agree this trip beats the beach any day.